Melges 24 European Sailing Series 2021 - Black Seal and Gill Race Team run the show on penultimate day in Trieste

October 02, 2021 - Trieste, Italy - Three more races were sailed under the supervision of PRO Dario Motz in light conditions on the penultimate day of the final event of the 2021 Melges 24 European Sailing Series in Trieste, Italy. Two bullets on Saturday went to Black Seal (3-1-1 on Day 2) of Richard Thompson steered by local Stefano Cherin, who moves up to second place in overall ranking now, while one bullet was grabbed by Miles Quinton’s Gill Race Team (1-2-5) steered by James Peters, climbing to third, both from UK. Italian Paolo Brescia’s Melgina (5-3-4) remains leader, taking a one-point lead into the final day on Sunday.

Corinthian top three starts from the fourth classified boat in overall ranking, which is Michael Tarabochia's White Room (2-4-3) from Germany, with Luis Tarabochia at the helm, who keeps its fourth position in overall ranking, tied on points with the third, with very consistent and enjoyable sailing against pro-teams. Only two points behind is second best Corinthian team to round up top five is Sergio Caramel’s Arkanoe by Montura (4-6-2), who was really close to take a bullet, having been leading Race 6 since the beginning, but on the last second local Stefano Cherin steering Black Seal closed the gap and passed Arkanoe by Montura to take a popular win for the home crowd. Alberto Venuti’s Skorpios (7-13-6) completes provisional Corinthian podium, sitting on the sixth position in overall ranking. 

Having won two races on home waters and jumping from the fifth position to the second, Stefano Cherin steering UK’s Black Seal keeps it tight into final day of the regatta in Trieste. “Today was a fantastic day! We enjoy a lot sailing here in Trieste with the Melges 24. Everything is going really well, also the wind is helping us a little bit. We have sailed six races in total here and we had a little bit of Bora here in the first day and for Sunday we hope to get some Sirocco wind from South with some waves. I’m very happy that the Class is here in my home town Trieste and everything is ready to do the Barcolana next week!”

Video comments from Stefano Cherin

Top 6 after 6 races (one discard):
1. MELGINA ITA793 - Paolo Brescia 11p
2.BLACK SEAL GBR822 - Richard Thompson / Stefano Cherin 12p
3.GILL RACE TEAM GBR694 - Miles Quinton/James Peters 17p
4.WHITE ROOM GER677 (C) - Michael / Luis Tarabochia 17 p
5.ARKANOE BY MONTURA ITA809 (C) - Sergio Caramel 19 p
6. SKORPIOS ITA454 (C) - Alberto Venuti 29p

With three races possible, the championship is still wide open. Racing is scheduled to commence at 10.30 local time on Sunday, to find out the winners of the Trieste regatta as well the winners of the 2021 European Sailing Series to be crowned at the Società Triestina Sport del Mare - ASD in the afternoon.

The final event of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series 2021 and Italian Melges24Tour is hosted by the Società Triestina Sport del Mare - ASD, in co-operation with Melges 24 Gulf of Trieste groupItalian Melges 24 Class and International Melges 24 Class Association.

Results after 6 races
Event Website
Day 2 photos - © Ufficio Stampa Barcolana / Filippo Gobbato and © Miriam Zorzenoni

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2021 Melges 24 European Sailing Series was scheduled with 6 events:

  1. June 25-27 – Malcesine, Garda lake, ITA - Results
  2. July 23-25 – Riva del Garda, ITA - Results
  3. August 20-22 - Riva del Garda, ITA - Results
  4. September 4-11 – Portoroz, SLO – Melges 24 Europeans 2021 - Results
  5. September 24-26 - Attersee, AUT - CANCELLED
  6. October 1-3 - Trieste, ITA

More information about the event and series available at

More information about the event in Trieste:
Simone Viduli
Molo F.lli Bandiera 1/1
34123-Trieste (TS), Italy
Mobile +39 339 822 7491

Luca Babini
Italian Melges 24 Class Association
Mobile: +39 335 372723

For further information on the Melges 24 events or class specific information please contact:
Piret Salmistu 
International Melges 24 Class Association 
Administrator & Media Coordinator 
Mobile/WhatsApp: +372 507 7217
Skype: piret.salmistu

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